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Kayak Trip Planning Clinic

  • 07 Apr 2024
  • 09:00 - 16:00
  • JSCA Members Lounge
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Trip Planning Clinic lead by Mike Gilbert, Past President Paddle Canada.

This session will have an emphasis on the practical application of information you need to successfully plan a trip. 

  • Welcome & Intros
  • What is trip Planning?
  • What needs to be done or looked at?
  • Timing for planning your trip
  • Navigation - things you need to know
  • Assessing Risk - what to look for and at
  • Tides & Currents - what is pertinent for your trip
  • Working with Weather - concerns, indicators, information and how to obtain it
  • Putting it all together…
  • Q & A

Six hours or instruction and examples. Course Cost: $40. This is a dry land clinic and will be held in the JSCA Member Lounge. 

What to bring:

  • Please bring a lunch. The Galley is open but might be busy and you might not have sufficient time to receive and eat your lunch order. Also, water and snacks for mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
  • Bring one or two of your favourite charts or one you plan on using for a trip this year (Mike will also bring some of his own examples). 

  • Bring pens, pencils and note paper for making any notes. 

  • Lastly, bring yourself. Please be prompt for a 9am start, there is a lot of material to cover.

Mike Gilbert was born and raised paddling boats and canoes in Eastern Canada during his summers. It was only after moving to Canada’s west coast that he took up the double bladed paddle and instantly fell in love with kayaking. A graduate of Queen's University, Ontario, Mike currently lives in Richmond, BC. 

Mike is a Level-2 Instructor/Trainer, Level-3 Instructor and certified Level-4 skills.  He is also a PaddleSmart Presenter/Trainer, a registered VHF Radios and IT in Paddle Canada's Camping Program. Mike is owner operator of BC Kayak Centre which provides courses, clinics, classes and guided tours nationally and internationally. 

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